Youthreach

Youthreach is the Department of Education and Skill’s official education, training and work experience programme for young people aged 16-20 years who have left school early. Its aim is to develop the core skills needed for further learning and to prepare young people to progress to further education/training or to employment. There are six Youthreach centres across the county in Ballyshannon, Buncrana, Glengad, Gortahork, Letterkenny and Lifford.

What courses are available in Youthreach?

Youthreach offers young people a wide range of learning and training opportunities. A range of national QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) qualifications are provided at Levels 2 (General Learning), 3 (Employability Skills) and 4 (General Learning).  Subjects include art and craft, catering, computers, childcare, hairdressing, health and fitness, literacy, numeracy, office skills, outdoor pursuits, personal development, woodcraft and many more. Work experience is also an important part of the Youthreach Programme. Other qualifications include Basic Food Hygiene, ECDL, First Aid and Gaisce Awards.

Centres provide an extensive Health Promotion Programme covering areas such as Positive Mental Health, Sexual Health, Alcohol and Drugs, Road Safety, Citizenship and Money Management.

Fees

The Youthreach programme is free to early school leavers, aged between 16 and 20 years old. Learners are paid a training allowance to undertake their course (€45 for 16-17, €208 for those aged 18+ years).

How to apply for Youthreach

You can apply for Youthreach at any time of the year either by contacting your nearest centre through the numbers on the right, applying online through www.fetchcourses.ie (use Youthreach as your keyword) or complete this Enquiry Form and your nearest centre will get back to you. For further information download the following information brochure.

Our Buncrana students were busy promoting their annual Christmas Craft Fair in @SuperValuIRL Buncrana last Friday. The Fair takes place in their centre today from 10.00am-12.00pm with all proceeds going to local charities. All welcome!🎄🎄
#WeAreDonegalETB

The Buncrana Christmas Tree festival this weekend (9-11 Dec.) includes a tree created by our @DonegalYR students in Buncrana and, with others, some of our @cranacollege students in the Christmas Carole Concert on 11 December @ 7.30pm: https://www.donegaldaily.com/2022/12/01/buncranas-christmas-tree-festival-branches-out-once-more/.🎄🎄#WeAreDonegalETB

Some of our Buncrana and Glengad students attended the Further Education and Training (FET) Service Student Voice event last Friday.
#GoFurtherWithDonegalETB

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Youthreach is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union.

Student Stories

Read Faith’s Youthreach story. 

Read Pierce’s Youthreach story. 

Read Jasmine’s Youthreach story.

Read Jessica and Callum’s Youthreach stories.

Read Carmel’s Youthreach story.

Contact Details

Ballyshannon
Youthreach Coordinator
Paula Burns
Tel: 071 9851286
Email: paulaburns308@donegaletb.ie

Buncrana/Glengad
Youthreach Coordinator
Jayne O’Donnell
Tel: 074 9362626
Email: jayneodonnell@donegaletb.ie

Ghort an Choirce
Youthreach Coordinator
Caitriona Cullen
Tel: 074 9135218
Email: caitrionacullen303@donegaletb.ie

Letterkenny
Acting Youthreach Coordinator
Gillian Kennedy
Tel: 074 9122585
Email: gilliankennedy@donegaletb.ie

Lifford
Acting Youthreach Coordinator
Aidan Callaghan
Tel: 074 9142114
Email: aidancallaghan@donegaletb.ie

Did you know that you can start on a full-time Youthreach course and get paid for your attendance?

Youthreach Programme Supports

The following supports are available while on our Youthreach programme.